140 people attended a unique event on 9 May at Mosaic Synagogue in Harrow to celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE Day – the end of the Second World War in Europe, as Trudy Segal explains.
Mosaic Reform held a specially themed service led by Rabbi Kathleen de Magtige-Middleton.
The congregation was joined by Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith and members of Mosaic Liberal Synagogue, to give thanks for Europe’s liberation and to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.
The service included the reading of poems by veteran Dennis Goodman who served in the RAF and six other community members who lived through the war years.
The service ended with a special rendition of Adon Olam to the tune of “The White Cliffs of Dover” and the cutting of a commemorative cake.
With flags and bunting on display everyone enjoyed a street party-style lunch and were able to browse a special exhibition including letters, photographs, ration books, identity cards, medals and a wonderfully preserved gas mask.
This exhibition will be on view until Sunday 17 May, when Mosaic celebrates its first birthday and AGM.
The party atmosphere continued with live music and dancing and a robust sing-song.